Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces The UK Premiere Of Oliver Parker's SWIMMING WITH MEN As The 2018 Closing Night Gala | The Fan Carpet

Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces The UK Premiere Of Oliver Parker’s SWIMMING WITH MEN As The 2018 Closing Night Gala

27 April 2018

Edinburgh International Film Festival is thrilled to announce that the hotly-anticipated British comedy Swimming with Men, will close the 72nd edition of the Festival on Sunday 1st July. Tickets will go on sale this Friday 27 April at 10AM through the EIFF website.

Directed by BAFTA nominated Oliver Parker (Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband) and starring Rob Brydon, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley, Thomas Turgoose with Jane Horrocks and Nathaniel Parker, Swimming with Men is set to be a feel-good summer hit.

Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers and discovers that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, give him escapism from the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan slowly begin to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches. But can they get their routines, not to mention their lives, in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship?



Rob Brydon and Oliver Parker are expected to attend alongside other cast and filmmakers.

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival commented “Swimming with Men is a classic British comedy delight packed with a series of quite wonderful performances. It is the perfect film to wrap up a Festival that prides itself on celebrating all that is great about British filmmaking.”

Director Oliver Parker added “It’s such an honour and a real pleasure to be having our UK premiere as the closing film at Edinburgh International Film Festival. I can’t think of a better place for our intrepid swimmers to take the plunge.”



Following its UK premiere at the Festival, distributor Vertigo Releasing will be releasing Swimming with Men on 6th July, 2018.

The full programme of the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival will be announced by EIFF Artistic Director, Mark Adams, on Wednesday 23 May. Tickets go on sale to Filmhouse members on Wednesday 23 May at 12noon and on sale to the public on Friday 25 May at 10am.

The 72nd edition of EIFF runs from 20 June - 1 July, 2018. Visit EIFF for more information on this year’s Festival.



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About Edinburgh International Film Festival
Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history. Notable films premiered in recent years have included: GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, AMY, INSIDE OUT, 45 YEARS, A MOST WANTED MAN, COLD IN JULY, THE IMPOSTER, BRAVE, TABU, THE HURT LOCKER, MOON, FISH TANK, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, MAN ON WIRE, CONTROL, KNOCKED UP, RATATOUILLE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and BILLY ELLIOT.

EIFF is supported by Creative Scotland, the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), the Scottish Government through the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, and EventScotland.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Limited is a company registered in Scotland No: SC132453. It is a subsidiary of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) which is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status with Scottish Charity No. SC006793. The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) was established in 2010 with a mission to be at the forefront of the development of a vibrant and successful film and moving image industry and culture across Scotland and beyond. The CMI currently comprises EIFF, Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.

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